Daniela Trezzi, a 34-year-old Italian nurse, has reportedly killed herself after testing positive for coronavirus and was “terrified” that she had infected others with the virus.
According to Daily Mail, the national federation of nurses in Italy confirmed her death in a statement on Tuesday night.
The federation also described the development as shocking, adding that it received the news with “pain.”
It said that the late Trezzi had been battling with “heavy stress” because she feared she was spreading the virus while trying to bring the COVID-19 crisis under control.
“Each of us has chosen this profession for good and, unfortunately, also for bad: we are nurses,” the federation was quoted as saying in the statement.
“The condition and stress to which our professionals are subjected is under the eyes of all.”
Mario Alparone, the general manager of San Gerardo hospital, said Trezzi’s death comes days after she took ill which had kept her at home since March.
Alparone said she was however not “not under surveillance.”
Her death comes on the heels of rising concerns over the safety of health workers on the front line of the coronavirus crisis in Italy and across the world.
On Tuesday, the Italian research institute had said that about 5,760 health workers — which constitute eight per cent of the country’s total 69,176 cases — had been infected with coronavirus.
Nino Cartabellotta, the head of the Gimbe foundation, which collected the data, also canvassed for more measures to protect those risking their lives to save others.